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and analysis with a washington perspective from an emmy winning insider. >>you couldn't say it any more powerfully than that. >> current tv, on the roll. (vo)followed by humor and politics with a west coast edge. >>ah, thank you. >>it really is incredible. (vo)bill press and stephanie miller, current's morning news block. weekdays six to noon. very, very excited about that and very proud of that. >>beltway politics from inside the loop. >>we tackle the big issues here in our nation's capital, around the country and around the globe. >>dc columnist and four time emmy winner bill press opens current's morning news block. >>we'll do our best to carry the flag from 6 to 9 every morning. >>liberal and proud of it. >> eliot: there's much we still don't know about the tragedy in newtown but there's a shocking amount we do know about gun violence in this country. first, we know na there are an estimated privately-owned guns in america. we know that guns are responsible for over 30,000 deaths a year. with another 65,000 injured but not killed. we know that almost 20,000
as well 37 in washington today secretary of state hillary clinton was guarded as she discussed the rebel's recent successes. >> opposition in syria is now caping of holding ground, and they are better equipped and more able to bring the fight to the government forces. i don't know that you can say that for the entire country it is yet at a tipping point but it certainly seems that the regime will be much harder pressed in the next months. >> eliot: in cairo protesters continue to press the regime of president mohammed morsi to relinquish the new powers he announced for himself this week. some protesters also object to the new draft egyptian constitution, which was finished friday and sent to morsi for review. meanwhile in israel you prime prime minister benjamin netanyahu government has announced plans to build housing that would physically link jerusalem with major west bank settlement. it is called counterproductive to the goals resuming direct negotiations between israel and the palestinians and achieving the two-state peace settlement that has been the u.s. diplomat i can goal for de
. >> eliot: joining me now is ruth marcus,cal almostist editorial writer fog the "washington post," and "new york times" washington bureau chief david leanhardt. thank you for joining me.: is this a strategic ploy for the republican party to remain strategic cohesiveness on this issue. >> no, i don't think it's a strategy. except on the part of the people like senator corker deviating from republican orthodoxy. the republican position has been no new taxes. that's the highest of the theology and first commandment no matter what, thou shalt not raise marginal tax rates. i think it's significant and very positive that some of the saner voices are talking about the prospect of raising top tax rates. it started and now you have the schisms between bill kristol blast the weekly standard and one hand and the wall street journal editorial page on the other. i think this is going to be a developing story on the republican side. >> eliot: i'm trying to figure out how to carry this theological metaphor. >> it might be better to stop. >> eliot: i'll use another one. will rogers you say the republican
doom if it a deal isn't cut by year's owned. but washington, both side have dug in their heels, and the answer may be that suddenly the sliding down the fiscal slope does not seem that bad. maybe that's why the republicans leaders like speaker of the house john boehner were able to put off making a counter proposal to the president's offer until today. crossing the red line on the talks by rejecting the demind that the republicans accept a hike in the marginal tax rate for those with income over a quarter million dollars a year. my view? obviously i agree with the white house on the substance and as i have said before, their hand gets stronger over time. but sometimes a new idea can change the dynamic. here is an idea that has been around for a long time, supported by james tobin way back and pushed by ralph nadar in a "washington post" op-ed this weekend. impose a tax on financial transactions. it will give us up to $100 billion a year, fail on a sector that has generateed enormous unwarranted profits for very few but benefited from huge bailouts the regulatory help but by and
january proposals that i then intend to push without delay. this is not some washington commission. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. that those of us who were sent here to serve the public trust can summon one tiny iota that those teachers in newtown summoned on friday. if cooperation and common sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible and intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. >> eliot: the president focused specifically on three proposals that appeared to have significant and growing support closing the gun show loophole so that background check is required and banning assault weapons and ammunition clips. he was then asked why it didn't happen in the first team. >> this is not the first prolific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> here's where i've been, jake. i've been president of the united states in an economic crisis since the great depression. two wars, i don't think i've been on vacation. so you know, i thi
if not for the guns. so while the country grasps for answers and washington tries to offer solutions let's honor the victims by starting what we know the guns are the problem. >> i am here to make a citizen's arrest. (vo) current tv presents a month long festival of true stories. get real for the holidays. >> eliot: there were times when it felt like the presidential election would never end then thankfully it finally did. faster than karl rove could say cuyahoga county, fftdz over before the mail-in votes were counted. another way to phrase the question, beyond having a winner, do elections have results? democrats were quick to claim a mandate for the president but republicans as evidenced by their stance on the fiscal cliff, don't seem to agree. here to help sort it out is political reporter joe williams and chief economic correspondent for politico, ben white. thank you both for joining us. joe, let me begin with you. i have this notion that this sort of theological hard right loss this election whether it was immigration, the reality
saying the same thing. will go to washington? will you sit down with members who are on the other side of the issue to try to reason in your quiet and persuasive way? >> absolutely. and as a junior high teacher i can be not quiet as well. >> eliot: i didn't want to go there, i am not sure i wanted to be in your junior high class maybe standing in the corner, perhaps. >> there is a passion in the room today after the press conference. all of us are willing to take that message where our children are being killed. our seniors are being killed. we are being killed in our places of worship. in our places of entertainment movie theaters, and just recently my daughter lives a mile from where the shooting took place in portland, oregon. we are no longer a safe society. this is a difficult question, but we are a smart society. we solve a lot of things. we need to take it apart and see what we can do. >> eliot: for you as a teacher for so many years school is a special place, a place of safety for kids, and this strikes to the core. >> i was a teacher when columbine happened. we immediately put
the observation of what's going on in washington now, and remember we're fighting whether or not the top marginal rates should be in the low 30s or not. we should roll back the reagan tax cut but i don't believe in miracles. >> eliot: charles, what you're say something critically important. we're all in a way falling prey to this issue as if they're big issues when they're not. the fact that the rate would go from 35 to 39.6, it used to be in the 90s and 70s and 60s, and capital gains will be taxed at below the rate of ordinary income. we're dealing with the most minimal of shifts and changes yet we're being sucked into the notion that this is dramatic. it's not. >> you divided the republicans in three separate camps. i would say that the difference between the theological theocrats and the tee tea party is minimal. to a certain extent the policies that plays out with the theocrats is economics. four republicans have become identity politics. they have no idea what they're talking about. there is plenty of data to show that people don't even know what the fiscal cliff is. it shrinks rather than e
in washington, d.c. with the republican majority in the house of representatives. it seems so unlikely to have occurred in michigan. jennifer granholm recently your two-term governor, a colleague here at current tv, and also a close friend, i said to her i can't understand how this has happened. would these bills pass in the new legislature that will be seated in january? >> that's a great question and we have to question that. what is the push? why are we pushing these true these through in lame duck. i think they would have a harder time and i think that's why they're pushing it through. you saw the outpour in june against the when i use the word vagina. people were outraged with this legislation. you know, from there we had the aiken comment, and it went on from there. and the outcry and how women came out in november to vote. >> eliot: right. >> everything that they're trying to be push through lame duck is against the voters. there was something else being introduced, a tax exemption for fetuses. and you know, and take into account that this term we already got rid of the tax deduction f
control or is this the republican party in washington right now? >> i think you have to go about it the right way. you have to build that public support and marshall the public support that already exists and make it clear to leaders like john boehner that in the american public, even among his constituents, his party days, gun owners, that that support for example exists. >> frank luntz i guess the go to guy. the brady bill was perhaps the high point of this effort, so the attempted assassination of a president, and issuing of this press secretary to galvanize public opinion. you think of aurora, how could that not have brought us to this point? >> the sad part of aurora is part of the long list of sort of the workplace or public shooting rampages again i, you know, the press coverage in 48 hours for a week and then they disappear. the problem with the john boehner experience again they respond to fox news. if they can't even handle bob costas having a one minute conversation or dialogue about gun violence, then the republican party sees that. they see that radical approach and
in washington, democrats and the principles in both the house and the senate. when it came to the republicans the principles would not meet. they sent their lackeys underlings, their staffers. we got a split reaction. some in private conceded that taxes would have to go up. others were true believers, they had drunk the kool-aid and walked out on us. so, you know, i would say that, you know, ventures up to capitol hill are exercises in political 166. >> eliot: once again what troubles me so much is the unwillingness to confront data, to look at what has worked in the economy. you have studied the history and know the marginal tax rates were up when our economy was booming early in the last century. how do they square those positions. >> i can't speak for them. i don't live in the bubble and i don't read the literature, the propaganda. it's a myth. it's the knowing lower of capitalism. it's the mythology of capitalism and more reflective of a philosophical position, which is concentrate wealth in the hands of a few. >> right. let me focus for a moment on the group, the millionaires themselves.
this will eventually persuade our colleagues in washington to actually pass the disclose act. >> eliot: we have a house that is republican. you in your work leading up to today's announcement found 21 other states, give or take, that could unilaterally do what you're doing follow your lead and say not for profits in our state must disclose. then you begin to reach the big states you begin to reach virtually the entire nation. >> you do. i have spoken to the attorney general of maryland head of the national attorney general association, he'll pass our materials onto colleagues in our states. we hope this approach is adopted by other states. we also hope that our federal counterparts take action because really it breaks down the whole system of government to have mysterious--and also frankly these could be corporate expenditures. you may not know what a corporation is spending money on. it could be individuals who have all sorts of things in their background that should be disclosed. even when sheldon adelson gave all this money to newt gringrich, he at least did it through a super pac so you knew he was
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